GO USA! GO USA!!

USA Soccer World Cup

 

USA might not have won the World Cup, but they played one of the best games of Brazil World Cup 2014 so far!!!

Thank you for never quitting and for making us proud!!

#OneNationOneTeam

Please Support Breast Cancer Awareness

10/16/2012

Norma,

            After a year that has gone by, we, your co-workers and very close friends at Pacific Cookie Company, still miss you as if you left us yesterday. We know that you can see us and hear us because not a day goes by that we don’t remember something about you: your jokes, your laughter, your good food, what a hard worker you were, how strong and good a friend you were. We cannot believe you are gone, but you are forever in our hearts.

                         Love,

                        Angie, Mary and Yolanda

Norma was a hard working employee of Pacific Cookie Company and is still very much missed by her friends here. In an effort to keep Norma’s memory alive and to promote breast cancer awareness, we will donate $10.00 of every Norma Gift Box sold in the month of October to WomenCARE, a local Santa Cruz, CA organization that provides FREE cancer advocacy, resources, education, and support to women with all types of cancer. They also advocate for research into the CAUSES of cancer and strive towards providing a healthy environment for women affected by cancer first or secondhand.

We hope that you will join in our effort to raise funding for this organization.

Norma Gift Box – $18.95

 

For more breast cancer statistics and to become more aware yourself, visit: http://www.onlinenursingprograms.com/code-pink/

 

How Do You Like Your Oatmeal Cookies?

This blog entry was inspired by an article I came across on OneForTheTable.com written by Marilyn Naron.  Naron’s comment and main point was that “there are as many oatmeal secrets in America as there are splattered recipe cards.” And this got me wondering: what sort of  incredibly tasty oatmeal cookie secrets do my family and friends have? I have always enjoyed my oatmeal cookie with raisins and lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, but I have decided to take a personal poll (the results of which are still pending) to see what flavor combinations I might be missing out on!

Pacific Cookie Company’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

In the meantime, here are Naron’s 25 ways to make a better oatmeal cookie.

  1. Add extra cinnamon and chocolate chunks
  2. Add dried cherries, crystallized ginger and a dash of powdered ginger
  3. Add chopped dried pineapple and toasted coconut
  4. Add finely chopped granny smith apple
  5. Add dried currants plumped in orange juice, and the zest of one orange
  6. Add chopped toffee bits and toasted almond slices
  7. Add dried wild blueberries and nutmeg
  8. Add chocolate chips and pecan halves
  9. Add white chocolate chips and toasted walnuts
  10. Add a few handfuls of any Trader Joe’s trail mix
  11. Add a tablespoon of powdered espresso and cocoa nibs
  12. Add chopped dried pears and white chocolate chunks
  13. Add chopped candied orange peel
  14. Add dried cranberries and pumpkin pie spice
  15. Add chocolate chunks and salted peanuts
  16. Add grated raw carrot and toasted walnuts
  17. Add chopped dates and toasted coconut
  18. Add chocolate chips, chopped walnuts & mini-marshmallows
  19. Add about a cup of Rice Krispies cereal
  20. Chocolate-Dipped: Bake jumbo cookies and allow to cool. Cut cookies into quarters and dip each pointed end in melted semi-sweet chocolate. Allow chocolate to set, and serve.
  21. Oatmeal Black and Whites: bake large oatmeal cookies and cool. Make chocolate and white icings (try these icing recipes). Frost one half of each cookie with dark icing, and the other half with white.
  22. Oatmeal Faux Macarons: make small, puffy oatmeal cookies and sandwich two with chocolate ganache. Allow ganache to set, and serve.
  23. Orange-Glazed Oatmeal Cookies: make a light glaze by mixing 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice, and pinch of grated orange zest. Drizzle over cookies and allow to dry.
  24. Oatmeal Cookie Dip: Bake mini oatmeal cookies, and make chocolate yogurt dip: whisk one cup vanilla yogurt with one tablespoon of cocoa powder and one tablespoon brown sugar. Chill for an hour, then serve with cookies and fresh strawberries.
  25. Brandied Cherry Oatmeal Ice Cream Sandwiches: soak dried cherries in brandy and drain. Add to oatmeal dough; bake jumbo cookies and cool. Sandwich with good-quality cherry ice cream and freeze.

Happy Baking!

Turkey and Gravy and Stuffing, Oh My!

Although the summer season is my favorite time of year, nothing tops that holiday feeling. There is something magical about the days just before Thanksgiving that has me anxiously waiting in anticipation for Christmas. Whether it is the crisp fall air, or the store fronts painted with bright orange pumpkins and pilgrim turkeys that are quickly washed away and repainted with abnormally large snowflakes, red and gold ornaments, and snow dusted pine trees, I begin to remember the joys of the holiday season.

Of course it all starts with Thanksgiving, which growing up was a HUGE ordeal between the cousins and aunt and uncles and grandparents from both sides of my family. I specifically remember the horrid smell of boiling chicken bones the day before Thanksgiving when my mom would make an enormous pot of chicken stock (seriously enormous – she would make enough to last her into next year, then freeze it) just to make the gravy everyone raved about. It was not until I had my first taste of canned gravy that I came to appreciate how deliciously wonderful it was!

In an attempt to escape the smell I would play outside all day, trying not to get too annoyed with how “static-y” my hair became from the crisp, dry fall air. And when I did finally get annoyed with how “static-y” my hair became, I resorted to hanging out in the garage with my dad, helping to fix up the blue and white Valvoline go-cart “race car” that he brought out for all the kids (and grownups) to drive on special occasions.

As for food….I remember it all:  My Aunt Laura’s addicting 7-layer bean dip that tended to fill me up before the feasting even began, my Auntie Ann’s infamous baked sweet potatoes drizzled with butter and brown sugar that simply fell apart in my mouth (and do not forget her freshly homemade cranberry sauce!), my mother’s English trifle that I later came to understand was a huge hit with the adults (she put extra Sherry in for them), etc…but the best part was getting to see the whole family – a slightly dysfunctional family, but one that loved each other regardless.

I think the toughest part about Thanksgiving for me this year will be missing my family since I will be spending it with my husband’s side. But this got me thinking about something someone very close once told me: “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.” In reflecting on the things this year has brought upon me whilst keeping in mind that which I have to be thankful for, I realized I have nothing to gripe about. Although I will not be spending Thanksgiving with my family, I am fortunate to have wonderful in-laws with whom I get along with fantastically!! I am definitely blessed to have such fun-loving people in my life.

In fact, I am excited to start our own traditions: be it a family touch football game in the backyard to get our appetites going, or a rowdy game inside watching the San Francisco 49ers versus the Baltimore Ravens; or, replicating my Auntie Yvonne’s pumpkin pie, or coming up with my own recipe; there is no telling what this Thanksgiving will bring!

This holiday season, we hope you enjoy that extra time with family and friends as well. And when it is all said and done…after Mom’s famous holiday ham, Aunt Edna’s delicious green bean and almond salad, or the deep friend turkey your Papa Joe decided to cook with his new deep fryer…we hope you take some time for yourself with a cookie (or two) to reflect on all that this year has brought and for everything you have to be thankful for.

Thank again for being loyal Pacific Cookie fans. We truly wish you the happiest holiday season!

Oh, and P.S. – I  got a new dog! I’m the proud Mama of Oliver, a 1-year old Terrier x King Spaniel.